1993 - Nothin' 2 Lose (Mr. Middle Finga)







"Fragile" was firstly a name for a compilation of leftover tracks from "Strictly 4 my Niggaz". Then it turned to be a follow-up to the album under the title of "Mr. Middle Finger" and then "Nothin' 2 Lose". He was then moving a lot around the country, promoting S4MN, making new friends, touring, recording new tracks in New York with Stretch, beginning to work with Big Syke and Johnny J from the Evil Mind Gangsta's. "Thug 4 Life" was the name of the live tour that Pac made with his team, Stretch, Biggie, and Thug Life, in late 1993.




This is at that time (after S4MN) that appears the "Thug Life" concept. In fact, he started to use it far much earlier when he started to rap. The Neighbors started to call him "thug" and he then recorded a song concept called "T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. (The Hate U Gave Little Infants Fuck Everybody)". But it's later in 1992, that he and his stepfather Mutulu Shakur (father of Mopreme Shakur) wrote down the "Thug Life Handbook", a code of the street’s life in order to calm down the gangs. (here is link to the the text on the website of Mutulu Shakur : http://www.mutulushakur.com/thuglife.html ; here is a copy of the text : Thug Life code with Mutulu Shakur). Big Syke claims to have started the group project with 2Pac at the same time.
The tracks we gathered in this bootleg are supposed to have been recorded, after Strictly 4 my Niggaz (end 1992), during that tour, and before "Amerikaz Crucify", during "Out On Bail" Sessions in Late 1993.






1. Hopeless (Intro)
2. Nothin 2 Lose feat. Y.N.V. (chorus)
3. Open Fire
4. House of Pain
5. Animosity (Freestyle) feat. Warren G, Richie Rich & Big Syke
6. Thug Style
7. Hold On
8. Black Watch Freestyle
9. Fake Ass Bitches (Yanni Version) (by Yanni feat. 2Pac [speaking] & Rated R [chorus])
10. Thug 4 Life
11. (Don’t Fuck With A) Killa feat. Freddie Fox & Ray Dog (aka Benzino)
12. St. Ides Malt Liquor Commercial '93 (Freestyle)
13. Ghetto Ghost
14. Who Do U Luv ? feat. Stretch
15. Thugs Get Lonely Too
16. Yo ! MTV Rap (Freestyle)
17. Pain (Demo) feat. Stretch
18. Madison Square Garden Freestyle feat. Scoob Lover, The Notorious B.I.G., Shyheim & Big Daddy Kane




DETAILED TRACKLIST

01. Hopeless (Intro) / ?
  • You can hear this musical interlude in the lives during "Thug 4 Life" tour. The sentence "I live the Thug Life, baby I'm hopeless" sounds like an anthem for the group.
02. Nothin 2 Lose feat. Y.N.V. (chorus) / Live Squad
  • Published in "R U Still Down" (1997, Amaru, Interscope) without major changes.
  • Samples: Mica Paris – I Wanna Hold on To You; The D.O.C. – The Grand Finale
03. Open Fire / Akshun
  • Faithfully published in R U Still Down (1997, Amaru) without any major changes. Could be from late 92. Akshun also produced "Guess Who's Back" on S4MN.
04. House of Pain feat. Stretch & The Notorious B.I.G.  / Stretch
  • It’s written "1993/1994(?)" on Live-Squad.com, but Pac, Strech and Big sound earlier than 1994. It doesn’t sound like Thug Life session so I think it could be the first Pac/Biggie song even before "Runnin’ [version I]".
05. Animosity (Freestyle) feat. Warren G, Richie Rich & Big Syke / Warren G
  • Recorded during "Out on Bail" sessions over "Lie 2 Kick It" instrumental.
06. Thug Style / Chris Rosser & Conrad Rosser (Bread & Water)
  • Recorded in 1993 (cf  Live-Squad.com). Remixed in R U Still Down (1997, Amaru). It was the b-side of the promo Hellrazor out in 1993.
07. Hold On feat. Stretch (backing) / Choo
  • Recorded in 93. Published in this original form in R U Still Down (1997, Amaru).
08. Black Watch (Freestyle) / ?
  • Recorded in 93 during the TV show of the same name.
09. Fake Ass Bitches (Yanni Version) (by Yanni feat. 2Pac [speaking] & Rated R [chorus]) / Johnny J
  • Recorded in 93. 2Pac and Thug Life play the song during the Thug 4 Life tour in the end of 93. As "Po' Nigga Blues" for The Govenor, 2Pac has written this song and has offered it to Yanni, female rapper close to Big Syke and eventually supposed to be part of Thug Life.
10. Thug 4 Life / Johnny J
  • Recorded in 1993 (live-squad.com). This song was supposed to feature Stretch (there is space for his verse).
11. (Don’t Fuck With A) Killa feat. Freddie Fox & Ray Dog (aka Benzino) / Stretch
  • It's writtent "1994(?)" on Live-Squad's website, but Freddie Foxxx recorded this song in 1993 for his album Crazy Like A Foxxx (published in 2008, Fat Beats). And you also can find a live freestyle between 2Pac & Freddie Fox from 1993.
12. St. Ides Malt Liquor Commercial '93 (Freestyle) / ?
  • 2Pac made a short freestyle with a gathering of well-known sentences and expressions from his most well-known hits (you can hear "gotta get mine"). He will record again for the malt label in 96 with Snoop.
13. Ghetto Ghost / Stretch
  • Remixed in Resurrection OST (2003, Amaru). Probably a Stretch production because Pac says his name as he was talking to him at the beginning of the song.
14. Who Do U Luv ? feat. Stretch  / Adario Strange
  • It is written 1993 on Live Squad’s website.
15. Thugs Get Lonely Too feat. Rated R [backing] & Macadoshis [backing] / Stretch
  • You can hear that song in the "Thugz 4 Life" tour. It was supposed to be published in R U Still Down in a remixed version featuring Tech 9ne. 
16. Yo ! MTV Rap (Freestyle) / ?
  • A video freestyle where you can see Big D the Impossible, Coolio and many others.
17. Pain (Demo) feat. Stretch / Stretch
  • Recorded in 1993. Released in Regulate/Pain (12'') (1994, Death Row), Above The Rim (12'', Cassette) (1994, Death Row). No major change except a regular scratched phrase in the background that has been removed.
18. Madison Square Garden '93 (Live Freestyle) feat. Scoob Lover, The Notorious B.I.G., Shyheim & Big Daddy Kane / ?
  • Famous live freestyle from 1993 during the Buweiser Superfest that takes place in the beginning of august. According to Mister Cee, the movie Poetic Justice was out one week earlier.






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